Cherokee County, Georgia
Amateur Radio Emergency Service / Skywarn
Current EOC Status
Next Meeting October 8th, 2016
Next Meeting October 8th, at 10:00 am
The William G. Long Senior Center
223 Arnold Mill Road
Woodstock, Georgia 30188
All are welcome.
VE Testing will be held at 2pm at the William G. Long Senior Center..
October 4, 2014 - Canton, GA
The Cherokee County ARES EOC Team is shown working the 2014 Amateur Radio Emergency Service Nationwide S.E.T. (Simulated Emergency Test) from inside the Cherokee County Emergency Operations Center at the Public Safety Building in Canton, GA. Emergency Coordinator Bob Johnston KK4LAC (Middle right) covers the VHF Command Net while Gary Klein KK4HCG NCS for the main VHF net takes the photo. Chris Smith KK4IDA (Middle left) covers the UHF Deployment Net. Jacob Smith N3IR (far left) mans the HF station and acts as liaison from Cherokee County to the Georgia Section Net and the GEMA State Operations Center. Stephen Price KK4YQV (far right) is busy assigning operators to cover critical locations that will need communications during a disaster operation - Shelters, Fire Stations, Department of Health, Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Service stations and Logistics operations.
In all, 32 operators in Cherokee County Participated in the SET covering liaison communications between state and metro Atlanta ARES nets and relocating to 27 different critical infrastructure locations within the County. Amateur operators used voice and digital communications to send messages and provide tactical communications between shelter locations, city and county operations centers, Northside Hospital Cherokee, and state emergency operations.
Below the mobile station of Aaron Milton KK4LOV as seen atop Pine Log Mountain in NW Cherokee County. Aaron was responsible for contacting all neighboring County nets to provide inter-county communications between Cherokee and neighboring county ARES groups in NW Georgia. This year's final scores are not in yet, but in the 2013 SET Cherokee County ARES was the highest scoring county in Georgia. Georgia placed second behind Alabama in total points across all states participating in the exercise.
Cherokee County ARES Sponsors NWS Training and Graduates one of the Region's LARGEST Skywarn Storm Spotter Classes
87 new storm spotters are now trained and available to report severe weather in Cherokee County, Georgia. On Saturday, April 10, 2014, 49 Cherokee County CERT members and 38 Cherokee County ARES members gathered at the Heritage Presbyterian Church Fellowship hall in Acworth to listen to Science and Operations Officer Steven Nelson from the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City, GA. Steve, a highly experienced and respected NWS meteorologist, forecaster, and weather scientist taught a room packed full of eager students about weather safety, weather patterns, regional weather history, development of severe weather conditions, and proper spotter reporting methods.
The following link, www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVZlK6M8WQ is an outstanding Public Safety video that describes "The Interoperability Continuum" which (in layman's terms) is a plan to improve communications or "a path to achieving optimum interoperability by broadening relationships". "Knowing who the players are around you" is a mission critical statement and to quote from the video, "The reality is, the most important ingredient in interoperability is relationships". "Relationships count and mean something". As a side note, our own Cherokee ARES members, Randy Kerr, KD4KHO, is in this video at 12:06 and 12:35 with great comments.
2009 Field Day coverage by CBS Atlanta WGCL46.
WB4NWS - 145.430 (-) PL 107.2 Mt Oglethorpe
First: KG4VUB - 145.270 (-) PL 100 Pine Log Mtn. Waleska
Second: WA4EOC - 443.075 (+) PL 107.2 Pine Log Mtn. Waleska
Printable version of frequencies for Cherokee County ARES use available HERE.
Full ICS-217 list is HERE. - Updated 3/18/2014
Weekly ARES Training Nets are every Monday at 8pm on the 145.430 Repeater. 443.075 will also be monitored.
The Cherokee Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group meets with the Cherokee Amateur Radio Society at 10am, second Saturday of each month.
Our meetings are held at the The William G. Long Senior Center in Woodstock, GA
223 Arnold Mill Road
Woodstock, Georgia 30188
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Additional information on meetings will be announced on the nets and on this website.
Talk-in is on any of the above listed repeaters.
FEMA courses IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800
You can take these courses free, online at: www.training.fema.gov
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